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How To Choose Tier 2 Vocabulary Words

This presentation walks a Kindergarten teacher through the process of choosing appropriate Tier 2 Words to teach.
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on 20 April 2011

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"...it [is] most appropriate to engage in vocabulary activities after a story has been read." (Beck et al., 2002, p.27) Insisted-wanting something to be done
Reluctant- not sure about doing something
Drowsy-sleepy Tier 2 Vocabulary Words Let's "Try It Out!" What Are Tier 2 Words? Instructional Sequence Why Teach Tier 2 Words? "...words that are of high frequency for mature language users..." (Beck et al., 2002, p.8) "...[words that] are found across a variety of domains." (Beck et al., 2002, p.8) These words play a large role in a language user's repertoire. (Beck et al., 2002, p.8) Classifying Tier 2 words... Classifying Tier 2 words... What 3 words did you "jot" down? Criteria for choosing Tier 2 words Things to consider when choosing Tier 2 words... Student activities Try & Apply! Ticket Out the Door 1 thing you learned
2 questions you still have
3 ideas to take back to your classroom Resources Beck, I., McKeown, & Kucan, L. (2002) Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary
Instruction. Guilford Press: NY, NY.

Juel, C. & Deffes, R. (March 2004). Making words stick. Educational Leadership.
30-34. (Looks at vocabulary development in primary grades)

Lane, H.B. & Allen, S.A. (2010). The vocabulary rich classroom: Modeling
sophisticated word use to promote word consciousness and vocabulary growth.
We need to extend instruction of words beyond the brief explanation in the context of a story. (Juel & Deffes 2004) Furthermore, explicit instruction must be provided for students who have limited background knowledge or linguistic barriers. We must do all we can as educators to prepare students for the 21st century and combat "word poverty". (Juel & Deffes 2004) "...students became word conscious and were anxious to add words to their lexicons." (Lane et al., 2010, p.366) When we explicitly teach Tier 2 words we are promoting "word consciousness" and encouraging a yearning more knowledge. "Selecting words for instruction that are more sophisticated labels for familiar concepts expands both vocabulary breadth and depth." (Lane et al., 2010, p.365) 1~Choose a familiar story from your grade level (or K-2) reading series. An example is "This is the Way We Go to School" from the Scott Foresman Reading Street series for Kindergarten. 2~ Identify 3-5 words that you feel are Tier 2 and would be appropriate for vocabulary instruction. 3~ Compare your Tier 2 words with the vocabulary words already selected by the basal to teach. Examples of the vocabulary chosen for "This is the Way We Go to School" included vaporetto, trolley, skis, etc. Are they similar? Are they different? Why? Which words are most appropriate for Tier 2 instruction? Discuss your findings and rationale in your table groups. Importance & Utility
Instructional Potential
Conceptual Understanding
(Beck et al., 2002) First, read the word in the context of the story. Second, have students repeat the word with you. Third, explain the meaning of the word using synonyms or kid-friendly language. Fourth, give examples of the word when used in other contexts different from the story. Fifth, have students interact with examples of or create their own examples of the word in a familiar context. Last, have students say the word again. Questions, Reasons, & Examples Making Choices Can you explain the meaning in known terms? Are the words useful and interesting?
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